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September 20, 2021

Romanian director directs for La MaMa

Romanian born stage director Cosmin Chivu was invited to direct The Serenade by Slavomir Mrozek, at the famous La MaMa Theatre, in New York. The premiere happened last Friday and it is achieved in cooperation with Pace University of Performing Arts and is performed by seniors and graduates of this prestigious US University. This is the first collaboration of Chivu with the famous New York theatre. He has been living in the United States for ten years, and directed over 30 shows in New York, Los Angeles and other cities. After he took a master degree in play direction at Actors Studio Drama School a university programme supervised by Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel Ellen Burstyn and James Lipton, Cosmin became a professor at the Pace University in Manhattan, where he currently teaches acting and stage directing courses. La MaMa Experimental Theater Club turns 50, this year. With an impressive history company, founded by Ellen Stewart continues developing both experimental projects with US actors and actresses and theatre companies from other countries. For instance, in parallel with the Serenade, La MaMa is playing host for La Vie Materielle (Material Life), a French project directed by Irina Brook, the daughter of the renowned theater director Peter Brook. And it is the La MaMa, again, the theater where the Romanian stage director Andrei Serban created the Ancient Trilogy, including Electra, Trojan Women, and Medeea, early in the 70s.

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